I guess there wasn't an iPhone 5 announcement after all. Turns out it was ONLY an iPhone 4S… same casing as the 4 but with a faster dual-core A5 processor, a faster 8MP camera, 1080p HD video recording and iOS5 with the creepy SIRI voice-control AI assistant ("Siri, do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?").
Apple announcing an iPhone 4S instead of an iPhone 5 is like you wishing for the "Six Million Dollar Man" Steve Austin action figure and your mom buying you the Oscar Goldman action figure instead.
If you feel you need to lie down like the iPhone 4S above, to take all that disappointment in, go ahead.
No new form factor, no bigger screen, no new number FIVE.
I shall stay home a little longer today, for I fear the disappointed mobs of iPhone 5 fans rioting on the streets.
I have to say even I was not immune to the hype. My telco's customer service rep called me recently to tell me I could recontract right away for an iPhone 4, but I told her I was going to "wait for the iPhone 5". I bet she is laughing her ass off now.
For some of you, who bought the 3GS when the iPhone was finally out for the non-SingTel telcos two years ago, this is about the time your contract ends. If you didn't get an iPhone 4 in the interim (probably at full price), this means that the 4S is your logical next upgrade.
Sure you can wait for the iPhone 5, whenever THAT is going to arrive. OR you can go into a hissy fit and buy a Samsung Galaxy S II. I heard the Galaxy S II has been waiting with open arms to welcome the disillusioned iPhone 5 masses. OR you can even get the upcoming Samsung Nexus Prime, rumoured descendent of Optimus Prime.
Speaking of which, why does LG name their smartphones Optimus and Samsung name theirs Prime? Do their phones combine together to form a Transformer?
I will probably get the 4S for the wife, given that her 3GS is already reaching the end of her tech cycle (which is longer than mine, which is 2 minutes instead of 2 years). It will be a big leap for her. Also, I have paid too much for her Cooking Mama app to move her to another OS.
Me, I was more interested in the iPod nano announcement.
I'd love to wear the nano with a TikTok or Lunatik strap… because Apple just released 16 new watch faces and one of them is a MICKEY MOUSE WATCH! ZOMG!!!
So I wouldn't say I was completely let down by the keynote. But for many of you, I fear, the S in iPhone 4S will stand for "Sian" or at least "Sianhalf". For some, it may even stand for "SIMISAI!"
Hey, look on the bright side: your tasteful Hello Kitty iPhone 4 case with the Swarovski crystals will still work on the new iPhone 4S.